Dr Laura Lopez-Fernandez

Convenor, Graduate & International Student Adviser (Spanish)

Qualifications: PhD. Univ. of Kansas (Lawrence) Spanish Poetry; M.A. (2 years) Univ. of Colorado (Boulder); B.A. Spanish Philology (5 years) Univ. of Santiago, Spain; Bachelor of International Relations Univ. of Santiago, Spain.

School of Arts


About Laura

After doing a BA in Spanish Philology (5 years) and a Bachelor in International Relations by the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), I received a prestigious Scholarship to do a M.A. and a PhD at the University of Boulder, CO. In 1997, I finished my doctoral dissertation on Essentialist Poetry which was awarded with Honours.

I taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Kansas at Lawrence and Georgetown College, where I was Associate Professor (tenured). In 2003, I moved to New Zealand to work as Programme Director of Spanish at the University of Canterbury where I built the Spanish Programme from scratch (2003-2012). It was a succesful programme but after the continuous seismic events of 2010-2011 things changed. After that, I was appointed at the University of Waikato to develop the Spanish Programme (undergraduate and postgraduate) and to continue with my research. Here I conducted individual and collaborative research on experimental poetry (Concrete, Visual, Sound, Fractal, Hypermedia); on Galician studies and on Lexicography. I co-organized international conferences abroad, and was invited to give presentations (also as a keynote speaker) in Spain (Univ. of Vitoria; Univ. of Balearic Islands; Univ. of Castilla La Mancha, Ciudad Real), Mexico (BUAP), Australia (Melbourne Univ.), Belgium (Vrije Univ.), China (Beijing Normal Univ.), Philippines (Manila), US (Univ. of Cincinnatti; MLA (Philadelphia); Univ. of Lexington (KY), Univ. of Nebraska, etc., and NZ (Univ. of Auckland; Univ. of Canterbury; Univ. of Waikato).

I received several contestable research grants and research awards which led to conferences, hosting international researchers and relevant book and monographs publications. I am currently working on two collaborative research projects.

I have a strong publication record with five sole authored books, two edited books, more than fifteen book chapters in scholarly books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed literary journals such as Anales de la literatura española contemporánea; Contemporary Poetry from Europe and the Americas. FMLS Oxford Journal; Ínsula. Revista de Letras y Ciencias Humanas; Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: Between the Local and the Global (Eds.) Kirsty Hooper and Manuel Puga Moruxa; Tonos. Revista Electrónica de Estudios Filológicos; Ars-Interpres. An International Journal of Poetry; Espéculo. Revista de Estudios Literarios; Voces Hispanas; Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, Tintas. Quaderni di Letterature Iberiche e Iberoamericane. Experimental; etc.

I co-edited two books of essays: Exile and Identity in the Hispanic World during the 20th Century: Reflections and Representations, and El currículo de E/LE en Asia-Pacífico: Selección de artículos del I Congreso de Español como lengua extranjera en Asia-Pacífico); I directed the journal Experimental Poetics and Aesthetics and launched and coordinated the Julio Campal Experimental Poetry Collection (US and UC). The collection focuses on Luso Hispanic materials and their different languages such as Spanish, Catalan, Gallego, Portuguese, etc. The items –rare books, artists’ books, objectual poetry, small editions - are collected for their typography, illustrations, and book production techniques as much as for their content. The items can be browsed by visiting the Spanish subject guide, or by searching the catalog using Campal as a keyword search term.

My teaching practice involves courses on campus with current technology such as Moodle, E-learning, Panopto (video capture management software), and modules for other universities through teleconference and e-learning. I have received several Teaching and Research Awards. I am currently coordinating a research grant project on Mapping Experimental Literature in the Hispanic World.

For more info please see my CV:



European Union; Language/Literacy/Linguistics; Latin American Literature; Spanish

Iberian & Latin American poetry. Experimental Poetry.

Research Interests

My main field of research is Experimental and Intermedia poetry in the Luso-Hispanic world. The study of representative genres in this field includes non-canonical styles such as visual poetry, fractal poetry, sound poetry, installations, typographic poetry, biopoetry, cybernetic poetry, etc.  This field of studies asks for a redefinition of poetry in the 21st century and for a review of the literary canon and its historiography. I also conduct research in Galician Studies, and Teaching & Learning Spanish.

I welcome research supervisions on all of the above topics.

Peer-reviewed publications include five sole-authored books, book chapters and articles in specialized journals. Recent books include Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba (in press); Poesía Visual y Experimental: Estudios Críticos (2014) and Form and Perception in Visual Poetry (2008). In the area of digital humanities, I have launched and coordinated the Julio Campal Experimental Poetry Collection (US), the intl. journal Experimental Poetics and Aesthetics (NZ), and the book of essays Exile and Identity in the Hispanic world among others. Recent contributions to international literary projects include Historia Crítica de la poesía mexicana (F.C.E. & CONACULTA Mex. 2015),  and La poesía actual en el espacio público (Edit. Orbis Tertius, 2015). I am a member of several editorial boards and I have been the recipient of several teaching and research awards.

Forthcoming Publications

Expresión y Experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba. CIPPCE. USC, Spain.

“Paremias xeocosmolóxicas de predicción do tempo en galego e maorí” Cadernos de Fraseoloxía Galega. University of Santiago de Compostela

Rev. of Valente Vital (Ginebra, Saboya, Paris). Claudio Rodríguez Fer (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Rev. of Spanish Contemporary Poetry. Hispanic Texts. Diane Cullell (ed.) Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Recent Publications

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2017). Expresión y experimentación en la poesía no discursiva en España y Cuba (Expressiveness and experimentation in Spain and Cuban non-discursive poetry) (Vol. 4). Spain: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2017). Experimental poetry in Cuba. In Research Seminar: Modern Cuban Poetry: Trends Across Genres, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2016). Poeticas y politicas de lo marginal: El caso de la poesia experimental [Poetics and politics of the marginal: The case of experimental poetry]. In Rethinking 21st Hispanism from the Periphery. Conference held at University of Melbourne, Australia.

  • Lopez-Fernandez, L. (2016). ABCDario: Cuatro obras iconoclastas en la época de la post-escritura (ABCDario: Four iconoclastic works in the post-writing age). In XII Biennial Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA): Transforming Legacies. Conference held at Massey University, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Papers Taught


Recently I supervised several theses on Spanish language, linguistics and literature as well as Galician Studies (language) from University of La Coruña, Spain; UCLM (Albacete, Spain), University of Santiago de Compostela, (Spain), etc.

As main supervisor of a M.A. thesis I congratulate Tim Bowron for his excellent research thesis: "Vicente Huidobro and the two souls of Romanticism" (UC, 2013) . This thesis was awarded with Distinction.

Currently, I am supervising two research assistants in two awarded projects: "A digital mapping of Experimental Poetry in the Hispanic World" from a Contestable Research Grant, and "A comparative lexicographic project on Māori, Galician, Spanish and English" from a Summer Research Scholarship (2017-2018).

Contact Details

Room: I.3.03